Dr Kimberley Kavanagh

Senior Lecturer

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

I am a statistician, with a 5-year chancellor’s fellowship award, collaborating with researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists and consultants in the NHS and international partners on data driven solutions to problems in public health and epidemiology.  My work has helped to shape public health policy, in particular my work evaluating the impact of the HPV vaccination has provided the evidence base for vaccine and cervical screening policy in Scotland and contributed to the international evidence base.

In light of this research, I was awarded the 2018 Royal Society of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal for recognition of my “outstanding, internationally renowned research in public health epidemiology and health informatics”.

My publications span the fields of statistics, informatics, medicine and epidemiology with publications in top-ranking journals such as Lancet Infectious Diseases and the BMJ. My statistical expertise lies in the analysis and modelling of large observational health datasets with research interest in the fields of public health epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and digital health.

With my research expertise, highly cited articles and high impact publications, and growing research group, I am collaborating with colleagues to create an internationally renowned centre in statistical epidemiology and health informatics, spanning the departments of Mathematics and Statistics, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science and Computer and Information Science.

I am an active contributor to my statistical community, elected to the Council of the Royal Statistical Society in 2014, where I currently hold the post of honorary officer for conferencing and events with responsibility for organisation and strategy of their international conference.


Probabilistic microsimulation to examine the cost-effectiveness of hospital admission screening strategies for carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in the United Kingdom
Manoukian Sarkis, Stewart Sally, Dancer Stephanie J, Mason Helen, Graves Nicholas, Robertson Chris, Leonard Alistair, Kennedy Sharon, Kavanagh Kim, Parcell Benjamin, Reilly Jacqui
European Journal of Health Economics (2021)
Termination of wanted pregnancy and suicidal ideation in hyperemesis gravidarum : a mixed methods study
Nana Melanie, Tydeman Florence, Bevan Georgie, Boulding Harriet, Kavanagh Kimberley, Dean Caitlin, Williamson Catherine
Obstetric Medicine (2021)
Incidence of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) related to antibiotic prescribing by GP surgeries in Wales
Tydeman Florence, Craine Noel, Kavanagh Kimberley, Adams Helen, Reynolds Rosy, McClure Victoria, Hughes Harriet, Hickman Matt, Robertson Chris
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Vol 76, pp. 2437-2445 (2021)
Personalized infection prevention and control : identifying patients at risk of healthcare-associated infection
Stewart S, Robertson C, Kennedy S, Kavanagh K, Haahr L, Manoukian S, Mason H, Dancer S, Cook B, Reilly J
Journal of Hospital Infection Vol 114, pp. 32-42 (2021)
Bed-days and costs associated with the inpatient burden of healthcare-associated infection in the UK
Manoukian S, Stewart S, Graves N, Mason H, Robertson C, Kennedy S, Pan J, Kavanagh K, Haahr L, Adil M, Dancer SJ, Cook B, Reilly J
Journal of Hospital Infection Vol 114, pp. 43-50 (2021)
Epidemiology of healthcare-associated infection reported from a hospital-wide incidence study : considerations for infection prevention and control planning
Stewart S, Robertson C, Pan J, Kennedy S, Dancer S, Haahr L, Manoukian S, Mason H, Kavanagh K, Cook B, Reilly J
Journal of Hospital Infection Vol 114, pp. 10-22 (2021)

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Professional activities

Royal Statistical Conference 2019
NHS National Institute for Health Research (External organisation)
Royal Statistical Society Conference 2017
Royal Statistical Society Conference Board (External organisation)
Invited speaker
Royal Statistical Society (External organisation)

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Statistical Modelling of Covid-19 data in Public Health Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Kleczkowski, Adam (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Cardiovascular disease and COVID-19: using UK-wide linked routine healthcare data to address the impact of cardiovascular disease on COVID-19 and the impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular diseases
Bennie, Marion (Principal Investigator) Kurdi, Amanj (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2020 - 16-Jan-2021
Assessment of cardiovascular diseases risk profile and management in HIV-infected patients in Kenya: A local situation analysis to inform future development of quality improvement interventions
Kurdi, Amanj (Principal Investigator) ACHIENG, Loice (Principal Investigator) Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Godman, Brian (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) Doctoral Training Centre
Barry, Sarah (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator) Rattray, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
The focus of the STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) DTC is to develop a centre of excellence in the linkage and analysis of data across disciplines. With an initial focus on health and healthcare delivery, STRADDLE will deliver linkage and innovative analysis of data from the molecular to population level, to achieve new insights and to maximize the value of health research data. There are 3 fully funded, 3.5 year PhD studentships are available to highly motivated UK and EU students. Successful applicants will be trained as the next generation of data scientists and develop skills and know how to deliver on the integration of diverse clinical data types – from molecules to man to populations.
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
SDTC Digital Health Systems TEC PhD
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection Protocol (ECONI) - Socioeconomic Impact of HAI and modelling for future investment in Infection Prevention and Control measures in NHS Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection Protocol (ECONI) - Socioeconomic Impact of HAI and modelling for future investment in Infection Prevention and Control measures in NHS Scotland
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020

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